Ruth Ray, Mother and I went to Sunday school and church. Ollie was by this evening. Played pinochle. Got some little pies. Sure good.
|Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson (December 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868)|
Legendary frontiersman and Indian fighter
Kit Carson's life reads like an adventure novel.
He left home in rural Missouri at age 16 and became a mountain man and trapper in the West.
He explored the west to California, and north through the Rocky Mountains. He lived among and
married into the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes. Carson was hired by John C. Fremont as a guide,
and led 'the Pathfinder' through much of California, Oregon and the Great Basin area. He achieved
national fame through Fremont's accounts of his expeditions and became the hero of many dime novels.
Carson was a courier and scout during the Mexican-American war from 1846 to 1848, celebrated
for his rescue mission after the Battle of San Pasqual and his coast-to-coast journey from California
to deliver news of the war to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. In the 1850s, he was the Agent
to the Ute and Jicarilla Apaches. In the Civil War he led a regiment of mostly Hispanic volunteers
at the Battle of Valverde in 1862. He led armies to pacify the Navaho, Mescalero Apache, and the Kiowa
and Comanche Indians. He is vilified for his conquest of the Navajo and their forced transfer to
Bosque Redondo where many of them died. Breveted a general, he is probably the only American
to reach such a high military rank without being able to read or write, although he could sign his name.
Kit Carson is buried in Taos, New Mexico.